THE Bulldogs will be looking forward to a bright new era in 2005. As reigning champions they don?t need to change much on the field, but they would like to avoid another year of dramas off it.
WHILST coach Tony Rea rested a number of players ahead of the start of Super League next week, it was the wise heads and goal-kicking ability of their more experienced players that helped them win the inaugural Metro Challenge Shield.
SOUTH London Storm won a nailbiter at a near capacity New River Stadium on Saturday over West London Sharks to progress to the second round of the Powergen Challenge Cup.
AN unusual ?roses? match takes place at Oldham St Annes Amateur Rugby League club on Sunday, February 20th. To celebrate the long-standing contribution of the Irish community in the North of England to the sport of rugby league, teams representing the Irish clubs of Lancashire and Yorkshire will play for the Michael Davitt* Challenge Bowl.
THE Queensland Cup has farewelled one of its most pivotal characters, following the announcement that leading referee Tony Maksoud will retire.
LED by five-eighth Cooper Cronk the Melbourne Storm defeated the Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets 58-18 in match one of the Comets Minniecon & Burke Pre-season Challenge at Browne Park on Saturday, February 5.
NEWTOWN began the 2005 Premier League trials with an impressive hit-out against Western Suburbs at Henson Park on Saturday evening. Both teams fielded plenty of young hopefuls, but Newtown Head Coach Colin Murphy said there were plenty of positive features arising from his team?s display. He was particularly pleased with his squad?s advanced fitness levels and the obvious benefits from three solid months of gymnasium work. For the record, the Sydney Airport Jets outscored the Magpies five tries to one.
VALLEY United Rugby League Football Club who are one of the most successful clubs in the Manly Warringah A grade competition will host the inaugural Valley 8's at Harbord Park on the 26th of February.
TETLEY'S continue to be committed to RL after confirming a sponsorship deal to become the "Official Beer" of Warrington Wolves.
ALL eyes will be on Hull?s try-scoring Australian signing as they open their season against the world club champions on Friday
ON the eve of Valentines Day (this Sunday) fans attending the Broncos first home game of the season will be treated to a headline act in the pre-match entertainment by the gorgeous (and very talented) Rebecca Hayes.
PROFESSIONAL rugby league returned to Blackpool after a twelve years absence since the days of the Gladiators playing in the North West seaside town. But in a classic game of two halves St Helens, who fielded a combination of their under 18 and 21 squads plus Samoans Gray Viane and Dom Feaunati threatened to ruin the party as they led 16-4 at the interval. In the second half Blackpool scored sixteen unanswered points with the match winning try coming a minute from time which left the Saints no time to recover.
ST George Illawarra Dragons coach Nathan Brown has named a strong Charity Shield line-up for the Dragons' first game of 2005 against South Sydney. Captain Trent Barrett and halfback Matthew Head have overcome injury and illness to be named in the 20-man squad.
DOCTORS have confirmed Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall will not have to undergo surgery on his injured right shoulder.
Steve Noyce, CEO of Wests Tigers, said ? the MRI scans have revealed pleasing news for the Club?.
THE great Frank Hyde, one of the most popular and respected personalities in the history of Rugby League football in Australia, turns 89 on Monday, February 7th, 2005.